Downey Unified School District Mathematics Placement Policy

Downey Unified School District (DUSD) has adopted the “Enhanced Pathway” in the California Mathematics Framework, 2013 as it allows students to develop a solid foundation on key middle school mathematical concepts.  It also gives students more time to make key choices on their mathematics pathway. This pathway is depicted below: The rationale for this decision is based upon evidence including: …

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Dept. of Education warns of telemarketing scam

California Department of Education Warns Public of Potential Telemarketing Scam   SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) has received information today about a possible telemarketing scam and is warning the public not to share any personal information on the telephone with unsolicited callers. Concerned citizens have been calling the CDE to ask whether the state agency has called their homes …

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Columbia Memorial Space Center ribbon cutting

The space center was recently awarded a $3,500 grant from Best Buy, which allowed the center to upgrade to the newest Lego Mindstorm robots, the EV3’s. “With funding from the Best Buy grant, we were able to upgrade our Space Center’s Robotics Lab, which was in need of some improvements,” Mayor Fernando Vasquez said in a statement. “We are proud …

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International walk to school day

Downey Unified is pleased to announce its participation in the 18th annual International Walk to School Day on October 7, 2015. Students, parents, and staff partaking in the event show their support for the growing movement and for the Healthy Downey Initiative, a community collaborative that focuses on health and nutrition.  The International Walk to School Day, organized by the …

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Students picket against bullying

Hundreds of students picketed outside Sussman Middle School on Wednesday morning in a loud and vocal demonstration against campus bullying. Chanting “SMS is a bully-free zone!”, students wore black T-shirts that read “ABC – Anti Bullying Campus” and waved hand-made signs with the slogans “Don’t Just Watch, Do Something” and “Honk If You’re Against Bullying.” One student held a sarcastic …

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No bullying zone

In September of 2011 an Anti-Bullying Week was established during the first month of school.  Our third annual Anti-Bullying Week is being celebrated from September 16-20, 2013.  Having an anti-bullying week early in the school year has helped send a strong message and set a positive tone for the rest of the year on our district campuses. Downey Unified has …

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September is school attendance month

Downey Unified is very proud of its’ high student attendance rates.  We strive to help get our students to school and work hard to eliminate obstacles that keep our students from coming to school.  The following are just a few ways in which we reach out to our families regarding attendance: Model SARB Program TLC Family Resource Center Abolish Chronic …

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Healthy Downey 5K Run/Walk for TLC

The 1st Annual 5K Run/Walk was largely attended on April 13, 2013 at Rancho Los Amigos. Over 1000 participants, sponsors, vendors and volunteers came out to support this great event to benefit Downey Unified’s TLC Family Resource Center. Major sponsors included: Kaiser Permanente, Downey Kiwanis Club, Care1st, Supervisor Don Knabe’s office and The Eleanor Kehoe Eck Trust to name a …

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California Streaming Digital Photography Contest

Ronda Cordova of Downey High School couldn’t be more proud of her students!  Thirteen of her Advanced Photo students entered the California Streaming Digital Photography Contest.  Ana Preciado was named a contest winner for her entry titled “The Window”, and  eight of her other students received honorable mention. Contest Winner – Ana Preciado  A man looks at his grandson playing outside; …

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Character Counts!

In attendance at the meeting were (from left to right):

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